CMHA SK’s Justice Community Support Program is proud to be part of the Serious Violent Offenders Response (SVOR), which received a 2015 Premier’s Award for Excellence.
The 2015 Premier’s Awards for Excellence in the Public Service were presented on November 18. Established in 2003, these awards are presented to members of Saskatchewan’s public service (individuals, groups or teams) who have made outstanding on-the-job contributions to the government and citizens of the province. The Premier’s Award is a way to recognize, celebrate and take pride in the achievements of our province and people.
Included in six teams of recipients this year was the Serious Violent Offender Response Team (SVOR), Ministry of Justice and the Duty to Consult Process Guide Development Team, with Justice’s Sonia Eggerman, Senior Crown Counsel.
The Serious Violent Offender Response (SVOR) Team, currently operating in Saskatoon and Battleford area, has helped reduce costs and improve community safety. Initiated in 2013, SVOR is a comprehensive, targeted, and evidence-based approach intended to reduce the threat posed by high-risk violent offenders in Saskatchewan. Various agencies within the justice system – such as adult corrections, public prosecutions, and police services – worked together on integrated case planning while leveraging innovative tools such as a secure, web-based data management system and integrated training. The Initiative, in partnership with the Canadian Mental Health Association – Saskatchewan Division, also developed a new specialized program for serious violent offenders with mental illness. CMHA SK’s Justice Community Support Program is a partner within the Serious Violent Offender Response Team.
- Brian Rector, Executive Director, Research and Evidence-Based Excellence, Ministry of Justice – Corrections and Policing
- Daryl Rayner, Executive Director, Public Prosecutions, Ministry of Justice
- Delphine Gossner, Director, Research and Excellence in Policing, Research and Evidence-Based Excellence, Ministry of Justice – Corrections and Policing
- Dean Carey, Director, Research and Excellence in Corrections, Research and Evidence-Based Excellence, Ministry of Justice
- Terri Simon, Director, Research and Excellence in Data Innovation, Research and Evidence-Based Excellence, Ministry of Justice – Corrections and Policing